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Caitlyn Boucher

Water Resource Specialist: State of New Mexico Office of the State Engineer

Introduction

I am currently working on the transition between Graduate School at New Mexico State University and career experience with the intention of becoming a team player in bigger and better things. This will include finding new: research opportunities, friends, co‐workers, and job opportunities.

I was born in Las Cruces, New Mexico. I enjoy living in the Chihuahuan Desert and The Land of Enchantment and love being close to my family.  However, I also have a desire to learn about new places, and would enjoy an opportunity to live in a new area.

I have a passion for environmental sciences and believe my GIS skills and spatial thinking are an asset to research investigations and other natural resource queries. Continuous learning and teaching have always been a personal objective. I am a diligent and dedicated person with an avid fondness for the outdoors. I want to do my part in keeping the natural wonder of the outdoors accessible to future generations.

My hobbies include: upland and migratory bird watching, dog training, hiking and fishing. As a geographer, I tend to see the world in different spatial contexts (large versus small scale, raster versus vector, etc.) Because of this, all outdoor excursions are an adventure!

It is far more enjoyable to work at something that you love doing. I love being a Geographer and using ESRI ArcGIS software as well as ENVI and ERDAS remote sensing software. I would appreciate any opportunity to prove I am an enjoyable asset to any agency that needs geographic, spatial,computer skills.

Thank you and sincerely,

Caitlyn L. Boucher

Education

Work History

12-19-2015Present

Engineer Specialist A/O

State of New Mexico Office of the State Engineer

I provide oversight and administration of water rights for 12 water basins including both groundwater rights and surface water rights within the District 03 Office.  My daily water rights/water resource program functions include: GIS technology to provide accurate mapping, developing models and prepare technical recommendations to ensure appropriation of water is in accordance with New Mexico statutes, rules and regulations and policies governing ground and surface water.  My position also represents the State Engineer at public meetings, regulatory committees and hearings. 

Jan 2015Present

Program Coordinator

NMSU Jornada Experimental Range

Note: I have been employed as a Term FT employee NTE 1 year (04/2015 - Current), and as a Temporary PT employee (01/2015 - 03/2015).

I perform and assist with aerial imagery products, GIS project implementation, rangeland erosion data collection, JournalMap website upkeep, and other duties as assigned.

Jun 2014Oct 2014

Financial Aid Specialist

NMSU Financial Aid and Scholarships Office

I performed scheduled clerical and computer processing duties such as QA/QC assessments, data entry, digital image processing, routine calculations, accuracy inspection analysis and other duties as assigned. Most processing uses SCT Banner systems and requires detail oriented management skills and firm teamwork skills.

Sep 2012Aug 2013

Student Technician

NMSU Jornada Experimental Range

I assisted with a range of tasks related to ongoing plant phenology and land cover change studies. My primary tasks included: batch processing and graphing individual plant jpeg images by vegetation indices using MatLAB and remote sensing technology, digitizing shrubs in specific plots throughout multiple years using ArcGIS 10.1, georeferencing images taken by UAV's using ArcGIS 10.1 and ERDAS 2010, assisting in field data collection (i.e. mounting solar panels for photo plots,  ground referencing data control points, etc.)  This required working efficiently both independently and as a team.

Feb 2012May 2012

Plant Aide

NMSU Animal Resources Extension Service

I worked independently mounting, naming and filing plant specimens inside the NMSU Range Science Herbarium. Although this was solo work, I was responsible with my time management and was always ahead of schedule.

Sep 2010Nov 2010

EPA Clean Air Markets Division Intern

The Washington Center

The EPA's Assessment and Communications Branch had me develop teamwork skills as an intern and delineate northeast lake watersheds using ArcGIS 9.0 (raster format).

May 2010Sep 2010

Watershed Management Field Aide

NMSU Animal and Range Sciences

I assisted a graduate student with collecting and comparing rainfall runoff data between treated (cut/open) and untreated plots in Lincoln National Forest.